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Hospices provide invaluable assistance and support to those suffering with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. In addition to supporting the patient, hospices also provide guidance and support to their families.

They are usually run as independent charities or charitable trusts and receive little or no funding from the NHS or local authorities securing a large proportion of their funding from charitable donations.

How we claim for hospice costs?

Although hospice care is free to the patient, there is still a cost to the hospice in providing that care.  As specialist asbestos and mesothelioma solicitors we act for many people who are receiving hospice care due to their diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.

When we act for someone suffering with an asbestos-related disease who has had some hospice care or support, we look to include the hospice’s costs, excluding any NHS-funded element, in the compensation claim. If the claim is successful, we can then reimburse the hospice their charitable outlay.

In successful claims, these sums are paid by the defendant held responsible for causing the asbestos exposure and for causing the mesothelioma or other asbestos-related disease.

Recovering costs incurred by the hospice in a compensation claim will not reduce or increase the compensation awarded to the mesothelioma sufferer or their family.

It is incredibly important for the mesothelioma and asbestos claims team at Boyes Turner that we can recover hospice costs for our clients to reimburse them, which enables them to continue their invaluable work meeting local community needs.

So far, the team has recovered over £30,000 for Sue Ryder, just one of the many organisations we support. The money recovered for Sue Ryder in compensation claims we have dealt with has helped Sue Ryder provide more expert palliative care for people at the end of their life.

How can the hospice help with bringing a claim?

Our team will contact the hospice directly and ask them to provide a letter or statement giving details of:

  • All admission and discharge or home care dates for the patient

  • A breakdown of the cost of care provided during each admission or home care
  • The percentage of the hospice’s funding from charitable donations

We include the cost of the hospice care within the claim for financial losses on the understanding that any sums recovered for the hospice are paid directly to the hospice at the conclusion of the case.

If the claim is successful, our team will make sure that the hospice receives payment of the sum agreed or awarded in respect of the charitable hospice costs. This does not have an impact on the compensation paid to our client as the hospice costs are added into the claim. 

The amount recovered for the hospice will be paid direct to the hospice at the conclusion of the claim.

Who pays hospice claims for mesothelioma patients?

A number of different forms of asbestos have been restricted since the 1970s, with the last being banned in 1999.

If your employer exposed you to asbestos and failed to follow regulations around the use of asbestos you could be entitled to compensation if you later develop an asbestos-related disease.

Usually it is the company’s insurers who pay the compensation due in the event of a successful claim so even if the company no longer exists, you can still make a compensation claim if we can trace the company’s former insurers.

What should you do next?

If you or a member of your family have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease then our mesothelioma and asbestos claims team are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing an asbestos compensation claim with you, without any obligation to take matters further.

There are time limits on issuing court proceedings so contact us for advice as soon as you can.

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"It has been a long battle but we got there in the end"

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you and your team for all your hard work, passion, dedication and professionalism which resulted in my successful claim.It has been a long battle but we got there in the end. Whatever happens in the future I now have the financial security that I deserve for myself and my family. I can now focus on my health and happiness.

M - Boyes Turner Client

"Friendly, warm and professional throughout"

Laura's handling of my Father's case has been excellent. She gave us every confidence in her from the moment of the first telephone conversation through to the conclusion of a successful claim· and beyond. The care and compassion·-she has· shown to my parents through the most difficult time of their lives has been incredible. Friendly, warm and professional throughout, Laura expedited Dad's case against his former employer to a successful conclusion within 5 months. Giving my parents peace of mind that they are financially secure and Dad can pursue further treatment options if he wishes, which will be funded by the former employer.aura explained everything to us as a family and made the process as simple as it could possibly be. She held our hands (figuratively), explaining, guiding and answering all of our questions, communication throughout was superb. The excellent support and service provided by Laura and her team wasn't held up or interrupted in any way, even through the difficult months of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Laura has been a pleasure to deal with. We will be forever grateful that Laura agreed to take on my Father's case.

Suzanne Dyble

"I am glad that I came to your firm "

Just wanted to write to let you know just how much I appreciate all the work you have put into my case since you took over. I am now looking forward to being able to try and put all this behind me. I am more than happy at the way that this has finished and I am glad that I came to your firm as if it was not for your help I would not have gained this result. You have changed my life for the better. 

Boyes Turner client

"We cannot thank you enough "

I must say we were both staggered at not only succeeding in a claim of any sort (as you know I never did believe I had a snowball’s chance in hell), and that the amount you have obtained on my behalf. We cannot thank you enough. 

Mr & Mrs W, Northumberland

"It has made a significant difference"

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support with my case. My family and I are very pleased with the outcome and without your efforts we would not have been successful. Over the months I feel we have gained a mutual friendship and I fully appreciate all your support on both a professional and a personal basis. It has made a significant difference. 

Mrs K